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REF 2021: rising to the occasion


Sector looks to ‘get REF out of the way’ after year of delays and challenges

Back in February, when the coronavirus pandemic had yet to gain a foothold in the UK and it was still possible to hold a face-to-face conference in central London, the inaugural Research Professional Live event took place. The big topic of the day was then one of academia’s biggest headaches: the upcoming Research Excellence Framework.

The UK-wide assessment exercise is used to distribute more than £2 billion in quality-related research funding. And the deadline for submissions was approaching.

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